“Quick-thinking” citizens help Red Bluff officers capture two of three at end of dangerous pursuit
RED BLUFF, Calif. — Authorities say a dangerous, high speed pursuit through residential neighborhoods ended when a pickup truck being pursued crashed into a fence this afternoon, Sunday, May 30th.
Two people were arrested after the pursuit, which ended when the driver crashed into and became entangled in a fence, according to officials; who later thanked area residents “for their quick and decisive actions leading to the capture of the suspects.”
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Today’s pursuit began around 2:30 p.m., when a City of Red Bluff police officer attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle after observing a vehicle code violation, Red Bluff Police Sergeant Ruben Murgia has since said of the incident and arrests.
When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Brandon Bacon, 35, of Red Bluff, failed to stop and led the officer on a vehicle pursuit.
Officials say a stubborn fence helped bring a dangerous high-speed chase to an end, while the “quick and decisive actions” of several area residents helped ensure the capture of the man who led officers on the pursuit. Red Bluff Police Department photo
“Bacon drove the vehicle through numerous residential areas while fleeing from the officer at a high rate of speed attempting to elude the officer,” explained Murgia.
As the pursuit continued, Bacon attempted to drive the vehicle though a fence at a local church; however, it became entangled in the fence and was disabled.
Three occupants then ran away from the vehicle on foot.
“The initial pursuing officer was able to catch one of the passengers, Amber Scott, 33, of Red Bluff, while directing incoming units towards the driver,” the Sergeant continued; saying that as other officers began to arrive in the area, citizens who had witnessed the end of the pursuit directed them toward Bacon’s last known direction.
With citizen’s help, officers quickly located Bacon still running away from the area.
“Officers pursued Bacon on foot and located him a short distance away from the scene hiding inside a dumpster, almost completely covered in trash,” said Murgia. The other passenger was not located.
Bacon was arrested for felony eluding, misdemeanor resisting, and numerous felony warrants, while Scott was arrested for misdemeanor resisting, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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Officials later praised the citizens’ actions and assistance, later saying via social media, “The Red Bluff Police Department would like to thank these citizens for their quick and decisive actions leading to the capture of the suspects. We would also like to thank the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with this event.”
No citizen injuries were reported as a result of today’s chase and arrests.
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